Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Guigal Gigondas (2009)

The Guigal family are proud of their extensive range of Rhone wines and frankly they ought to be give that there is perhaps no other Rhone winery with the same variety combined with such high quality. Having begun by producing wines made under the Cote Rotie and Condrieu appellations, production has now spread to include more than 25 wines made from grapes sourced from both the North and Southern parts of the Rhone Valley.

There are around 1200 hectares of vineyards in the rugged Gigondas appellation (east of Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Guigal sourced a blend of three varieties in order to produce this wine. 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah in the 2009 vintage, this Guigal Gigondas saw a slow fermentation followed by two years of maturation in large oak casks.

Widely available in UK wine merchants, this 2009 Guigal Gigondas is the current vintage of this wine on release.

A relatively intense ruby colour in the glass, this 2009 Guigal Gigondas may only have 16% more Grenache in it than Guigal’s 2010 Cotes du Rhone Rouge (tasted alongside this wine) but is completely transformed on the nose. Very much orientated towards ripe damson fruits, with aromas of cherry and blueberry also in attendance, this 2009 Guigal Gigondas is exuberant on the nose. Cedar and clove nuances hint at the oak maturation that this wine has seen.

Full-bodied and ripe in style, this 2009 Guigal Gigondas is a pretty modern style of Gigondas on the palate. Juicy and ripe damson and dark berry fruits dominate with the spiciness of the nose almost enveloped by the sheer voluptuousness of the fruit. The tannins are chunky (as you might expect given the long vinification) but are ripe and gummy despite their heft.

A hot vintage in the Southern Rhone in 2009 seems to have reduced the acidity levels of this 2009 Guigal Gigondas slightly, although this wine will still offer cellaring potential through to 2017. Pair with roast pork and apple sauce.

Guigal Gigondas (2009)

Score: 89/100 – This 2009 Guigal Gigondas offers complexity and regional typicity. It is an excellent (and fairly reasonably priced) example of the appellation.

Value for Money: 7/10Priced at a typical level for high quality Gigondas at £19 per bottle this 2009 Guigal Gigondas delivers the quality that you would expect.